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Reply #20 on: February 27, 2016, 03:47:40 PM
On the recommendations of the collective I went back and gave this one another listen. This was a good fun and worthwhile. The narrator did a phenomenal job.

The thing that made me hit the "next" button the first time I listened, was the overwrought noir pulp prose. I like it, but the run-on multi-layer tortured metaphors/similes made me rewind twice and try to visualize what the hell anything meant. While they look good on the page they're a challenge to deliver comprehensively in audio due to sentence length and distance between supporting clauses. This came right after a second person intrusion, which is extra jarring in audio.

I was annoyed and frustrated and didn't feel like working to get into the story. So I gave up.

Honestly the opening was so divergent from the bulk of the story, makes a hard bend to the modern day portion two paragraphs in, and didn't really pay off at the end.

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Reply #21 on: February 27, 2016, 04:58:18 PM
I agree with Fenrix - the opening put me off this one, and it took me a while to get back into it. Once I had found my way back into it, I came to really enjoy it.


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Reply #22 on: February 28, 2016, 04:25:38 PM
Yep, I had a super hard time connecting the opening/closing scene with the rest of the story. (How'd he get to be a space captain after being given a life sentence?) Also, extended scenes of drug-induced hallucinations tend to lose my interest due to the absurdity. I did very much appreciate how all the hallucinating did actually get semi-explained afterward, so that was a plus.


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Reply #23 on: April 27, 2016, 07:52:28 PM

I loved this, though it would feel more at home on Drabblecast maybe? I just love how it slowly came off the rails into absolute absurdity.


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Reply #24 on: January 07, 2017, 02:54:16 PM
I thought the narration of this story took the great writing to great heights.

I loved the insecure, nerdy, sarcastic tone of the point of view. Reminds me of high school.


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Reply #25 on: March 07, 2017, 04:54:20 PM
So, yeah, I'm about a year behind in my listenership, but I just heard this episode and I found it really funny, so I'm going to comment on it anyway. 

I really like the super-anxious, hypochondriacal main character.  What an imagination!  He reminded me of a character in a novel I read called Further Complications by Bryn Schurman, who had a similar anxiety-induced, overactive imagination.  Come to think of it the character in that book had a druggie friend who encouraged him into uncomfortable situations too.  Is this a trope?  It seems like a relationship that is ripe for hilarity. 

I also like that in the end, his hypochondria becomes a super-power.  You think you can scare me?  I've already imagined this scenario and a hundred worse scenarios!  This one really tickled my funnybone, and had me laughing out loud.  Good show!  I can't wait to find out what else I've missed in the past year. 


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Reply #26 on: November 15, 2017, 05:16:21 AM
Okay, I sort of enjoyed it, but had lots of problems with it throughout. As several posters mentioned, I found the first parts jarringly disjointed from the rest. The character's name felt like a dumb joke that refused to die. And the silliness just left me scratching my head.

The narration was top notch, though!